As you have been hearing on the news, the Astros and Rangers have headed to their respective Spring Training locations to get started on the 2009 season. Well, a lot closer to home, the Mason Punchers had their first official complete team practice Wed., Feb. 18. Coach Smith and Coach Ragsdale have had about 30 players showing an interest in playing baseball.
Their first scrimmage was held in Sonora on Thurs. Feb. 19. As you can see they have hit the field running. This weekend they will head to Albany for a 3 day tournament. They will need to get in shape quickly as the biggest competition, THE ALUMNI GAME, will be held on Sat. March 21 at 2:00.
I have heard through the grapevine that the alumni are ready and waiting to see what this year’s varsity has to offer. This will be a big day, as we hope to use this event as an annual fundraiser. Last year we were able to raise money for tarps for the pitcher mound and home plate, as well as a high pressure water hose and reel.
The Wooden Bat Tournament held last summer made almost enough money to cover the cost of the new concrete floor of the batting tunnel. This will enable the players to practice batting even if the field is too wet to practice on. This year we have already had some awesome donations for the raffle. The San Antonio Colts have donated game tickets, as well as, the Round Rock Express team. We are very excited about these raffle items. Also we have gift certificates donated to several restaurants. We will be having Bar-B-Que brisket plates for lunch during the game. We hope to make as much as possible to assist Coach Smith with his plans for the much needed upgrades at the field.
If you would like to participate in any manner, or would like tickets, please call Melody Trip 347-7013. Alumni can call Joe Langehennig 347-2954 or Bo Brown 347-5957. Keep reading the upcoming Mason County News for information in the upcoming weeks. Go Puncher Baseball!!